Grab Bars / July 19, 2018 / Albertina Davide
The older I get the more comfortable I am around grab bars and hand rails. Everyone young and old can agree the grab bars or hand railings are a definite advantage in the shower stall when washing your feet. But a long hallway or a large stair landing always stays safer with well mounted hand rails too. Grab Bar Installation Any grab bar or hand rail is only as safe as the backing it is anchored into. Backing is wood blocking or concrete installed behind the drywall plaster or finished shower walls such as fiberglass marble or cultured marble. The grab bar backing must be 2" by 6" blocks minim 6" long or two (2) layers of ¾" plywood minim 6"by 6" stacked glued and screw through the face of the drywall.
This will give him or her a place to steady themselves while taking off clothing in case spilled water or condensation makes your bathroom floor slippery. Second you should place a grab bar on one of the side walls of your bathtub or shower stall; this bar should be placed at an angle and will provide your loved ones with a place to steady themselves as they enter the tub or shower. Finally you should have a grab bar running along the back of your bathtub or shower stall; this bar serves primarily as a place to reach out to in case of an accident. There are additional safety measures you can take to make bathing even safer for elderly members of your household- you can for instance invest in a walk in bathtub or walk in shower which would eliminate the barrier between the tub and the rest of the bathroom and reduce the risk posed by stepping over the tubs or showers edge. With the American population growing older on average every year many businesses have begun to cater to the needs of elderly consumers who want to age gracefully in their own homes.
Grab Bars are safety devices fixed in bathrooms for patients elderly and physically challenged people. They are supportive bars which are specially designed to be fitted in bathtubs and restrooms. Unlike towel bars and other light bars grab bars are specially manufactured to handle heavy weights. They can bear up to 250 lb. Designed based on the guidelines of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) grab bars come in both straight and combo types. Generally there are three types of grab bars available: Wall-mounted Tub-mounted Suction cup grab bars Wall Mounted Grab Bars: Wall mounted grab bars are installed on the walls near bathtubs or toilets.